LADIES IN BLACK

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Bruce Beresford Stars: Angourie Rice, Rachael Taylor, Julia Ormond,  Suzie Porter, Alison McGirr, Shane Jacobson, Ryan Corr, Noni Hazlehurst, Nicholas Hammond, Vincent Perez, Luge Pegler, Celia Massingham.   Sydney, summer of 1959, is the setting for this feel good local romantic drama that plays out against a backdrop of great change to the social fabric of Australia in the post WWII era. Goodes is the major fashionable department store in Sydney, catering to high end women’s fashion. Sixteen-year old Lisa Miles Continue reading

MY WEEK WITH MARILYN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Simon Curtis Stars: Michelle Williams, Eddie Redmayne, Kenneth Branagh, Judi Dench, Julia Ormond, Dougray Scott. Hollywood created a superstar, but fame was the steep price Marilyn Monroe had to pay for her image. There are lots of apocryphal stories concerning the behaviour of legendary film star Marilyn Monroe, from her messy personal life to her erratic behaviour on set. The two most famous examples of her diva-like behaviour on set concern her movies The Prince And The Showgirl (1957) and the classic comedy Some Like It Continue reading

SMILLA’S SENSE OF SNOW

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Billie August Stars: Julia Ormond, Gabriel Byrne, Robert Loggia, Richard Harris, Vanessa Redgrave, Bob Peck, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi, Emma Croft, Tom Wilkinson, Mario Adorf, Jurgen Vogel Running Time: 121 minutes. Fans of Danish author Peter Hoeg's acclaimed novel Miss Smilla's Feeling For Snow may be a little disappointed by this workmanlike screen adaptation, which has drastically changed the thrust of the book. Screenwriter Ann Biderman (Copycat, Primal Fear, etc) has transformed Hoeg's colorful novel into a more Continue reading